Dance review: It Needs Horses and Home for Broken Turns
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: It Needs Horses and Home for Broken Turns at Zoo Southside (Venue 82), reviewed by Kelly Apter
The link between the two works in this double-bill isn’t spelled out for us. But with the set from Home for Broken Turns (a garden fence) dismantled before our eyes to form the wooden parameters of a circus ring in It Needs Horses, and two of the performers appearing in both, it seems possible that the troubled girl from the first piece becomes the even more troubled woman in the second.
Perhaps this would be more obvious if Home for Broken Turns wasn’t performed in French. Lost Dog’s manifesto is “say what needs to be said, then dance the rest”. But when two-thirds of your audience feels excluded from the dialogue, this policy seems a little broken.
Yet the physical movement in Home for Broken Turns speaks volumes, as four girls find their own way through a life seemingly devoid of carers. It Needs Horses takes a tragi-comic look at circus artistes so desperate for money and applause, they’ll stoop to pornography and degradation. Until an inner strength is finally located – by one of them, at least.
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More info: It Needs Horses and Home for Broken Turns is at Zoo Southside
Originally published in The Scotsman